Testing, inspection and certification (TIC) company Kiwa UK has announced its involvement in the cross-industry group Hydrogen Strategy Now.
The recently formed campaign group believes that the Government must establish a UK-wide hydrogen strategy, and earlier this week expressed these beliefs through a letter to Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, urging him to open discussions for the strategy as part of post-coronavirus recovery.
Today, the group has a combined employment of 100,000 people and a total value of £100bn in the UK and stands ready to invest up to £1.5bn in hydrogen projects and create thousands of jobs across the country.
Attracting cross-party support, Hydrogen Strategy Now believes that the UK could become a global leader in hydrogen technology, but only if it moves fast to realise the opportunity.
Commenting on Hydrogen Strategy Now and its involvement in the group, Mark Eldridge, Divisional Director at Kiwa UK, said, “Hydrogen holds huge potential to achieve our decarbonisation targets and in so doing support the UK economy back from the current crisis.”
“Kiwa UK and the wider group is already active in this area, and with further investment at a UK Government level, the UK can lead the way to the benefit of both the economy and climate change targets.”
Members of Hydrogen Strategy Now believe that a UK-wide hydrogen economy will:
- Create and sustain hundreds of thousands of high-skilled, green jobs, in all parts of the country and in alignment with the Government’s ‘levelling-up’ agenda
- Drive progress to Net Zero and improve air quality in towns and cities
- Secure private investment into the UK, and unlock export opportunities for our products and skills
- Increase our energy security by making fuller use of the UK’s natural resources